Hamline's football team found out what many others in the MIAC have discovered -- St. Thomas is worthy of its No. 3 ranking nationally. The Pipers dropped a 49-0 decision Saturday to its undefeated neighbor. UST led 42-0 at halftime as Hamline fell to 0-6 overall, 0-4 in the MIAC.
Zach Brautigam (Fr., Dubuque, iowa) got his baptism under fire Saturday at quarterback. Pressed into action when Connor Sathre (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) was injured in the first half, Brautigam completed a pair of passes for 18 yards and rushed for 21 yards. Sathre was injured making a tackle in the first half. He did return to the game in the second half.
Peterson Pierre (Sr., Annandale, Minn.) was the Pipers' top offensive threat with 85 yards on six returns, including a 25-yard kickoff return. Marc McDonald (Jr., Portland, Ore.) had a big day on defense, recording 15 tackles, including a dozen solos and a returned fumble. John-Michael Vandenburg (Jr., Bothel, Wash.) added 10 tackles. The Pipers had a season high three interceptions and five breakups among the 38 passes the Tommies attempted.
Alex Ferguson (Jr., Kent, Wash.) also had an excellent day punting, averaging 39.1 yards per effort, including a season high 64 yarder.
The Pipers return home to Klas Field next Saturday to host Concordia in the annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.